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What is this again? Dirty Close-Up what? Let me explain. My first encounter with the people that work behind the scenes in the entertainment business was almost twenty years ago, and to this day I still think that their stories and experiences are usually more interesting than the PR spin that any actor would reveal. On most shoots I hear the most insane stories about Hollywood in the location scout van, or at the craft service table and I always wanted to give these below the line types a place to share a few. The Dirty Close-Up interview is just that. I am starting them as written interviews and will be posting video interviews soon, both give a behind the scenes look at the personalities and quirky individuality that make up a call sheet on any film or television shoot. Oh yeah, in film slang a “dirty close-up” is a close

My marathon work schedule soldiers on. I haven't had a day off since I was in New York at the end of January for Lisa Loeb's wedding. It has been 7 days a week and 16 hours a day ever since. Just ask my friends and wife, they barely remember me. I am so thankful for my other family, my art department peeps. They inspire me and keep me going every day. I am humbled by their greatness.

What is this? Dirty Close-Up what? Let me explain. My first encounter with the people that work behind the scenes in the entertainment business was almost twenty years ago, and to this day I still think that their stories and experiences are usually more interesting than the PR spin that any actor would reveal. On most shoots I hear the most insane stories about Hollywood in the location scout van, or at the craft service table and I always wanted to give these below the line types a place to share a few. The Dirty Close-Up interview is just that. I am starting them as written interviews and will be posting video interviews soon, both give a behind the scenes look at the personalities and quirky individuality that make up a call sheet on any film or television shoot. Oh yeah, in film slang a "dirty close-up" is a close up

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I just looked at last minute, impulsive-waste of money-do I really need to fly to Boston for the weekend-it is fucking cold there-it is warm here-I see these people every day here in Los Angeles do I really need to fly to the east coast to see their show, plane tickets on JetBlue.com. The price, $325.00 each way from Burbank to Boston. So, I am not going, and yes it was impulsive and I also have a ton of work to do here in LA, but it would have been fun to see the amazing Figgs, American Hi-Fi , Letters to Cleo and Billy Janovitz. Mike, Kay and the kids ae leaving tomorrow morning and I guess I am just a bit jealous and wanting to get out of town for a minute before my next show starts on Monday. Instead I will stare at this poster and marvel at the guitar

I love acupuncture-it helps with so many ailments, emotions, aches and pains. I also love Los Angeles because we are always first to try anything that will make you feel your best. That's why I think this new acupuncturist in my neighborhood will make a killing. There are so many losers that will benefit from curing ailment #3. If it really works we may soon see freeway drivers using blinkers, people putting their cell phones down on the checkout line and Ed Hardy stores going out of business.

The little girl you hear singing on this free MP3 download is Valentina Santiago, my 6 year old friend. I saw Valentina in the Nutcracker last month, played Santa at her house a few days ago and have known her way before she knew how to sing. (Back to the Santa thing for a second-Valentina's parents, Joey and Linda had a Xmas eve party this year and I showed up to play Santa. Everything was going great for the 60 seconds I was there until Valentina decided to start screaming "it's Gaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrryyyyyy" and then all 15 kids figured it out and I ran out the door.) Valentina's dad is my friend Joey Santiago...the guitarist from the Pixies. His new band, with David Lovering (drummer in Pixies) is called Everybody. The music is incredible, but I'm not sure when you'll get to hear it. In the meantime if you give them your

This is a presentation tape I shot way back in 2005. I had the idea after an emotional and drunken game of Celebrity at Mike and Kay's house a few months before after Thanksgiving dinner. We pulled together an amazing crew and cast. My friend Richard Valenzuela directed, Kaylyn Thornal edited and the incredible Darren Rydstrom was the cinematographer. Everything seemed perfect. Janet and I had just finished the Lisa Loeb show presentation tape, we had a new agent and, well, what could go wrong? After VH1 didn't pick up the Lisa pilot, we ended up selling the it to E! and TV Land picked up Celebrity. One, two punch. A budget was made, studios were scouted and our deals were made. And then it just sat there. Forever. Eventually all the executives at TV Land moved on to new jobs and we got the project back...and nothing happened. We pitched it to

If you are looking to liven up your next birthday party get your guests going with some drag queen bingo. Lisa Loeb's birthday party had it all, a magician, a caricature artist, pink cake, DJ Conroy and a big drag queen yelling O-69! I don't think I have ever been so competitive, and although I love Justine very much I would sweat with envy seeing her tap her cards with pink ink delight. For the record I didn't win anything but I am looking for a bingo hall here in Los Angeles to sharpen my skills.   Here's me losing. Here is Lisa cheering on some winner. I think he cheated.

Today at two o'clock Kay will walk through the front door of her house after four months of being on tour with Hannah Montana. Goodbye tour bus, 20,000 seat arenas, screaming teenagers, stage makeup, skateboarding backstage, per diems and fancy hotel rooms. Hello suburbs, parent teacher conferences and (I'm sure) the skateboard. Welcome home, we missed you. 

Misery

Jan 25, 2008 1 Comment »

There are some (many) stereotypes about Los Angeles that are true. Don't get me wrong, I love it here and defend LA the same way I used to defend New York City to anyone who tried to talk shit (pre Giuliani), but a stereotype is a stereotype. This week "people can't drive in Los Angeles in the rain" holds true. Traffic, accidents and 15 miles per hour describe this week, and yeah, it's been raining every day for a week now, but why does rain make the freeway traffic STOP?! OK, now you can tell me about bagels and pizza.

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